In March 2017, Oxfordshire Science Festival asked young people to write a short poem on any topic of science, using any style. We had over 400 entries from across Oxfordshire ranging from limericks and rap to haiku, acrostic poems and poems based on a shape.

The winning entries and runners-up are all published in the Poetry of Science anthology. These nine poems were performed at the Oxfordshire Science Festival in Oxford Town Hall on Saturday 17 June 2017. The word cloud on the cover of this anthology represents thousands of inspired words from pupils across Oxfordshire.

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The class of the winning poet visited the Diamond Light Source science facility at Harwell and three schools of the top poets in each age group received a hamper of scientific goodies or a half-day educational science session delivered in-school by Science Oxford

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Look out for the competition in 2018....